Stories by Rodney Gedda

VoIP is trumps in infrastructure rebuild

With just eight weeks to build a new IT infrastructure, IT manager Brad Burden could choose whether to keep the NEC PABX or switch to new telephony with VoIP.

IPFX set to adopt Linux, seeks world markets

Linux is set to get an enterprise-grade IP telephony server as converged applications developer Performance Solutions launches its computer telephony integration (CTI) solutions to world markets under the name of IPFX.

Broadcaster to retire 'young' VAX systems

After nearly 20 years of mission-critical service, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation will decommission four VAX systems from the former Digital Equipment (DEC) over the next three to six months in favour of commodity Intel machines due to dwindling support and rising maintenance costs.

MPs preach open standards for government IT

A move to open source and away from proprietary information management systems will help government departments avoid steep maintenance fees and increase the longevity of data, members of the ACT and South Australian parliaments said at the Linux open source in government conference in Adelaide.

Meta: Wireless not yet the recommended answer

Despite all the talk of networks going wireless in 2003, it will be some time before the enterprise enjoys the promise of ubiquitous IP (internet protocol) connectivity, according to Meta Group senior research analyst Bjarne Munch.

Australian territory mandates open source consideration

The Australian Capital Territory has become the first Australian jurisdiction to mandate the consideration of open source software for government entities after a bill proposed by ACT Democrats leader Roslyn Dundas was passed into law this week.

Get Seti for massive computing project

The creator of the world's largest distributed computing project SETI@home was in Australia this week spruiking local participation in his supercomputing vision.

Janome plunges into OpenOffice

Sewing machine giant Janome has joined the slim ranks of adventurous Australian companies that have boldly ventured into the uncharted waters of an open source office suite.

Bank completes $2.2M IT project

Elders Rural Bank , a joint venture between Bendigo Bank and Elders , has started using its new A$3 million (US$2.17 million) AgriBank System (ABS) allowing remote workers to conduct loan application and management, according to the company's IT resources manager Brenton Parham.

Rugby World Cup scores secured with SSL VPN

SYDNEY (10/24/2003) - Some 1,500 Rugby World Cup field staff will be updating match scores and other statistics during the tournament securely with an SSL (secure socket layer) VPN (virtual private network) solution, according to Nortel Networks Corp. Australia and New Zealand director of enterprise sales support Andrew Cook.

Democrats delay open source, move on RFID

SYDNEY (10/22/2003) - South Australian (SA) Democrat Ian Gilfillan has delayed pushing for a final vote on his long-standing open source procurement bill and will endeavor to introduce another aimed at "safeguards" on RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology before the end of the year.

Swinburne Linux supercomputer tastes Apple RAID

SYDNEY (10/20/2003) - Swinburne University of Technology's Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing has implemented a fiber-channel RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks) storage system for its 130-node cluster.